Bees Like Flowers is precious. Each of the Mummy Nature books is very child-friendly. The colors are bright, and that alone would keep a child’s interest. This little book gives a good child-perfect explanation of how honey is made and what happens in a beehive. I love the little bees’ face. It makes them seem friendly. The choice of flowers she used were some of my favorites, the sunflower especially.
Ms. Bielawski has once again created a colorful and fun way to teach your little ones about nature. The Mummy Nature books will keep a child’s interest by the rhythm and beautiful colors. I would recommend these to anyone who has little children in their families.
The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave
by: Brydie Walker Bain
Genre: Middle School MYSTERY
At first I wondered how Ms. Bain knew so much about the caves in this book until I read where she lived and that told me all I needed to know. Need an adventure? Dive in and find the excitement. It begins with something even I, as a 44 year-old wife and mother of two (ages 12 and 14), would love to find one day.
What child or adult for that matter would not like to find a secret passage or hidden room in their own house? Things like this have always fascinated me. It adds to the adventure and mystery of the story. Take six adventurous young minds and set them loose with what is found, along with some amazing legends. The next thing you find is high adventure, mystery, and danger lurking around every turn. Throw in a few magical beings or incredibly “insightful” adults and the next thing you know . . .
Well I won’t give that away. I’d hate to ruin the story for someone. It’s kind of like a movie you really want to see and someone ruins the ending for you. So I will just say, read the book for yourself. It is a great middle-school mystery.
The comradery of the children in this book is what I find to be my favorite part. Although I like the story–there is no story without the characters. They are what makes this one so good. Nothing better than a group of friends with the same goal in mind and ready to do anything to get there. Thank you Ms. Bain for sharing your book with me and treating us all to the legends of Sinbad’s Caves!
This is actually a review post of three books:
The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Amazing Apples; The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Eat Dirt Balls; The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Little Green Dragon
Title: The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
By: Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar
Illustrated by: Colleen MacIsaac
What cute little books. What better way to spend your day than having fun with friends. I loved the Celia and Cedric books. They are fun stories with yummy, nutritious snacks in them. The recipe for each snack is found at the back of the book.
As parents, we are constantly trying to get our children to eat healthier. What better way than to show our young ones how two friends have fun together and enjoy making and eating nutritious snacks together.
Each recipe looked good too, except for maybe the “Little Green Dragon”. Of course, that is my own opinion. It may taste really good. I will have to try it to find out.
I also love the “Nutrition Notes” at the end of each book. Parents can get a greater sense of the healthiness of the recipe then or at least an ingredient in the recipe. These were three charming little books and perfect for young children and their parents to read together. Thank you to Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar for sharing their books with me. Happy Reading!!
I was given a copy of each book in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary exchange was made.
The Fifth House
by: Andy Goldman
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Well, I will have to admit that I liked this book better than the first–much more action in it.
In The Fifth House, the way the story was laid out was excellent. Mr. Goldman wrote it from the two main characters’ perspectives. Each chapter built upon the other. Although frustrating at times, where he would end the chapter, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened next. It kept me reading until sometimes the wee hours of the morning. The action never stopped, even through the ending sentence of the book. However, cliffhanger, once again.
I really don’t like cliffhangers. Nonetheless, it is each author’s choice to how they end their books.
I was pleased to see much more depth to the background stories of the characters. It gave me a much bigger interest in some and hate others even more.
WRITING AND STORYLINE
The writing and storyline this time were fantastic, however there was more profanity used in this book and a few scenes that were questionable but turned out okay. It kept you guessing with a few major surprises. It also made me want to scream at times too. The jumping between character perspectives was good but happened at some of the most inopportune times. You had to keep reading.
Good authors do that. They make the reader unable to put the book down. There were times, though, that it frustrated me enough to where I had to take a break from reading it. I was right back at it sometime later. It called to me, there was no way to stop reading it altogether. Happy Reading!